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Kobe, Kobe ropeway, pirates of osaka

Today, we asked, “where’s the beef?” We headed to Kobe looking for Kobe beef obviously. Funny thing is that 2 separate Japanese people we encountered told us that Kobe is just a name brand kinda like Kobe Bryant. And that Miyazaki prefecture now has the best beef but oh well, we as Americans had already bought into it.

We headed to Kobe and went straight for lunch to Yazawa West at the end of Chinatown! We loved walking through this Chinatown to see how different and how much cleaner it was to SF. Basically every stall is a restaurant trying to sell you similar food but what really is cool we’re the street vendors which we saved for after lunch.

We had the 100g tender red meat lunch set 3700 yen which comes with rice, salad, and soup. This meat was delicious but not the must tender or buttery steak I’ve ever had. It was worth trying for the price but obviously wasn’t a high grade of beef. Leaving our 100g behind, we went straight to a stall to eat 200 yen Peking duck crepes!!! Mmmm. Worth the price but legit Peking duck is better haha. Also i think the 350 yen places were probably tasty just by looking at the cuts of skin.
Tamara then ate a sesame panda bun that she says was pretty good but really cute haha.

We headed to the Kobe Ropeway and herb garden after. I highly recommend making this detour! The herb garden was gorgeous and smelled so wonderful. The ropeway is a gondola that brings you up the Rokko mountain and gives you a view of the entirety of Kobe and Osaka in the distance. When you get to the top, you can stroll through the herb garden towards the base! We made it to mid point and got some delicious strawberry “Savarin” (bread soaked in rum covered with strawberries and custard and cream). It was delicious and perfect on a sunny day paired with a baby champs (Moet). What a way to spend the day. You could bring picnic goods as well and just kill a day in the sun as well as the hammocks they have scattered in the garden!! We capped our snack with a 5 min herbal foot bath. This is on the side of the glasshouse looking at the view and it’s free!! (Except if you want a towel for 100 Yen). My feet appreciated this bath but I was wearing skinny jeans and those did not roll up high enough to not get soaked so try to wear loose pants if you are coming here. (There were also these cool wooden posts so that you could leave your camera and take selfies)

So delicious and refreshing

After indulging ourselves in the sun, we went to Kobe Ishida to indulge ourselves in the belly. We ordered the special steak A5 grade (one sirloin 130g and one tenderloin 130g) and sat at the teppanyaki table. We didn’t need any reservations as there was no line and we got there at opening at 5p. We had a lady chef and she cooked all of our dishes for the meal beautifully. It was like really really fancy Benihana. The second we are the wagyu steak though, I was in heaven. The sirloin is tender and flavorful but has a very slight chew vs the tenderloin that is tender and melts straight into your salivary glands. I think I prefer tenderloin but only slightly. Feed me any A5 beef and I’ll devour it. The other dishes were good but nothing compared to the steak. We capped it off with vanilla ice cream and compote and I realized that vanilla ice cream tastes amazing paired with hoji cha (the sweetness plus the bitterness). Mmmmm drooling again.
Tenderloin (there was more but it was cooked a little longer)

We left Kobe super full and went to Dotonbori again to catch a cruise on the canal to use our amazing pass one more time. The ones closer to the big Don Quijote sells out super fast and the lines are ridiculous but I think the tour guide speaks to you and it’s more entertaining. We actually went to Pirates of Osaka (farther down) and took this because they had spots and there was absolutely no wait. I enjoyed the quick 20 min cruise on the river, looking at all the lights, all the bridges, and all the people. There is no explanations or music on this boat however if that’s what you are looking for.
Still full, we opted to not get more gyozas (now I’m sad about it haha) and headed home.

Posted by E.M.N 23:42 Archived in Japan Tagged kobe wagyu

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